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The Last September (1999)

In 1920s Ireland, an elderly couple reside over a tired country estate. Living with them are their high-spirited niece, their Oxford student nephew, and married house guests, who are trying... See full summary »

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Sir Richard Naylor
Tom Hickey ...
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Lois Farquar
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Gerald Colthurst
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Peter Connolly
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Laurence Carstairs
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Marda Norton
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Livvy Connolly
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Doreen Hartigan
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In 1920s Ireland, an elderly couple reside over a tired country estate. Living with them are their high-spirited niece, their Oxford student nephew, and married house guests, who are trying to cover up that they are presently homeless. The niece enjoys romantic frolics with a soldier and a hidden guerrilla fighter. All of the principals are thrown into turmoil when one more guest arrives with considerable wit and unwanted advice. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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In the heart of a young woman, lies a secret that divides a nation.

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Drama | History | Romance

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Rated R for some violence and sexuality | See all certifications »
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28 April 2000 (USA)  »

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Az utolsó ősz  »

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$22,981 (USA) (21 April 2000)

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$469,974 (USA) (9 June 2000)
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Michael Gambon, Maggie Smith, Fiona Shaw, and David Tennet all appeared in Harry Potter Movies See more »

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You Made Me Love You (I Didn't Want to Do It)
(1913)
Music by James V. Monaco (as James Monaco)
Lyrics by Joseph McCarthy (as James McCarthy)
Performed by Al Jolson
Published by Francis Day and Hunter Limited-Redwood Music
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challenging Anglo-Irish period piece
30 November 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A family of British aristocrats living in County Cork finds their comfortable lifestyle threatened by the Irish rebellions of the 1920s, when the headstrong older daughter develops a fatal attraction for a notorious local patriot (i.e. terrorist) with a price on his head.

This won't be the last film to dissect the bloodlust lurking just beneath the glacial politeness of upper-crust British manners, but the perceptive screenplay (adapted from a novel by Elizabeth Bowen) shows an unbiased lack of sympathy for either side of the conflict. Deborah Warner makes an easy transition from a theater background for her feature film debut, directing a first-rate cast (including Michael Gambon, Maggie Smith, and Fiona Shaw) with impressive, understated visual flair and an eye for the telling detail. The specific Anglo-Irish perspective could make the film a tough sell to American moviegoers unschooled in the social/political snake pit of Emerald Isle antipathy (here placed into an intriguing, almost tribal context), which may explain why the promotional trailers make it look like any other romantic melodrama in funny period dress. It's a misrepresentation likely to alienate the film's target audience, but discerning viewers should find plenty here to provoke their thoughts.


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